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Where is line drawn at Andrews?

Published:Friday | July 1, 2016 | 12:00 AM


I am flabbergasted that Brithney Black, a psychology student of the University of West Indies, is so shortsighted in her perspective on Andrews Hospital's policing of morality. After reading her letter to the editor titled 'Obey Andrews or just leave', which was published in your newspaper on June 29, 2016, I harboured thoughts that Ms Black might be out of touch with our Jamaican reality. If this were not so, certainly, she would appreciate that it is commonplace for employees to accept employment offers with conditions that flout Jamaican laws and infringe on their rights simply because of the need to survive.

It is Ms Black's take-it-or-leave-it position that employers often use to trespass on the rights of workers. According to Ms Black, "The staff accepted the edicts and were willing to abide by them, so the discussions about challenging the rules should not be entertained in court."

Ms Black, in the interest of moral policing, how far is far? Where will the line be drawn in the sand?